Max Rothschild and his U-High teammates know they’ll have one big advantage just about every time they take the court in an Independent School League game.
“It happens a lot in our league that we have a big size advantage,” said Rothschild, a 6-8 forward. “We wanted to come out and dish it inside. We hit some outside shots, too, but we really wanted to pound it inside.”
With Rothschild leading the way with 17 points and seven rebounds Wednesday night, the Maroons rolled to a 65-36 win over host Morgan Park Academy.
Mikal Muhammad added nine points and six rebounds for U-High (6-0, 2-0).
Theo Norris (10 points) and Nick Boarden (9 points, 8 rebounds) paced Morgan Park Academy (3-4, 0-2).
The Maroons started slow as the Warriors came out playing aggressive defense and forced five turnovers in the first three minutes.
U-High, though, closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run to take an 11-4 lead. The run continued into the second quarter, with the visitors scoring the first 12 points.
The Maroons held Morgan Park Academy without a point for 9 minutes, 13 seconds.
“We were a little shaky early,” Rothschild said. “We had to work on our ‘D’ on the press. Guys were reaching it and getting fouls called on them too much.”
Rothschild and Logan Crowl (8 points, 8 rebounds) dominated the glass for the Maroons. The pair combined for 11 third-quarter points.
A scary moment occurred late in the first half when U-High’s Jordan Moran (eight points) was fouled while going up for a shot and came down hard on his back. Moran had to be taken to a local hospital.
“It’s a brotherhood on our team,” Rothschild said. “We know he wanted us to win. It was tough because he’s one of our best players and we love him, but we had to fight through it. I think we showed what our team is capable of.”
Caleb Dowdy added eight points and five rebounds for U-High.
Sam Bell (five rebounds) and Josh Deanes (six rebounds) had seven points each for Morgan Park Academy.
“We’re just having a hard time putting the ball in the basket right now,” Morgan Park Academy coach Scott Fredericks said. “We averaged about 65 points our first four games and about 35 the last three.”